Image Array Scanning Gripper
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Using a matrix of infrared detectors on one gripper face a matrix of infrared emitters on the opposing gripper face, and scanning the emitters and the detectors in a known program, permits detection of the intensity of images from objects between the gripper faces. Computer review of the scan data, on a realtime basis, can provide object position and identity. Robot gripper face 1 is equipped with an array (16 shown in 4 x 4, n x n array) of infrared emitters 2. Gripper face 3 is equipped with a similar array (16 shown in 4 x 4 array) of appropriate infrared detectors 4. Other than n x n arrays are permitted on either gripper face but at the expense of increased operational complexity. Grippers 1 and 3 are positioned by positioning mechanism 5 under control of computer 6.